Berger Leads 2018 Sports Hall of Fame Class.
Seven individuals will be inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 12. Former football players Joe Berger and Jim Peters, former hockey players Steve Coates and Kip Noble, former men's basketball player Mike Kissman, former Nordic skier Kristina Owen and former sports information director Dennis Hanks will be honored.
The Class of 2018:
Joe Berger — The 13-year NFL veteran, donned a Michigan Tech uniform from 2001-04. He racked up a number of accolades his final two seasons, including First Team All-American, Second Team All-American, Third Team All-American and First Team Academic All-American.
The Newaygo, Michigan native was picked in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers and appeared in 145 career NFL games with four different teams. He played the last six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before retiring this off season.
Steve Coates — Coates played 100 games for the Hockey Huskies from 1969-73. He scored 25 goals and had 29 assists in his career for the Black and Gold. He received the Norbert Matovich Memorial Award in 1970 as Tech's top outstanding freshman and the Raymond L. Smith Award as the outstanding senior student-athlete. He played pro hockey from 1972-80, appearing in 467 games as a minor leaguer in the IHL, AHL, and CHL, plus five NHL games for the Detroit Red Wings.
Since 1980, the native of Toronto has been the radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dennis Hanks — Michigan Tech's sports information director from 1969-84 also served as color commentator for hockey radio broadcasts.
During Hanks' tenure, Tech was the first school to distribute hockey depth charts to the press box media and the first to display game notes on a screen hanging in front of the press box. He also worked with WCHA statistician Ralph Turtinen to introduce the save percentage statistic for goalies, which is used throughout the hockey world now.
Mike Kissman — Throughout his basketball career from 1993-98, Kissman appeared in 107 career games, averaging 13.5 points per contest. The native of Eaton Rapids, Michigan also served as a co-captain on a team that won its first GLIAC Championship and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
Kissman is a member of the Michigan Tech Basketball Advisory Council and has been a contributor to the team since graduation, including helping fund locker room upgrades and the John Haivala Wall of Fame.
Kip Noble — Noble is the highest-scoring defenseman in Michigan Tech hockey history with 123 points in 156 games. He played from 1986-90 and holds a number of Tech records.
Noble played 11 years of professional hockey, 10 of those in Europe. He is currently the head coach of the Elite 15 team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton, British Columbia.
Kristina Owen — Owen starred in Nordic skiing, cross country, and track and field from 2003-07, earning all-conference honors in all three sports. She was the first-ever Michigan Tech Nordic skier to secure All-American honors in three consecutive seasons.
The native of East Wenatchee, Washington received the Raymond L. Smith Award in 2007 as the outstanding senior student-athlete.
Jim Peters — Peters was a four-year member of the football team (1954-58) and two-time team captain. He led the Huskies in rushing and scoring in his final three seasons. Peters was also a member of the men's basketball program for a season and a half.
Jim's daughter Jodi Peters (Maley) was a four-time MVP from 1979-83 on the women's basketball team. She was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
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